Community Service

FEW’s community service activities enable FEW members to explore and utilize their skills for the benefit of others. We organize, support and facilitate community and charitable activities in Tokyo.

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FEW Community Service focuses on three key areas
1. Promotion of volunteering and community engagement programs.
2. Awareness raising of key issues both locally and internationally
3. Raising money for nonprofit organizations

To help facilitate this work, FEW has been publishing a Community Services Directory since 1995 where those who are interested in volunteering in the Tokyo Area can find plenty of information. Its latest edition (PDF), published in 2011, contains more than 80 organizations that welcome volunteer help.

FEW’s Community Service Directory has information on organizations, but here we offer some volunteering tips for those of you just getting started.

About the FEW Community Service Strategic Partners Program

Each year FEW selects two non-profit organizations according to the interests of the FEW Community to officially support through fundraising, volunteering and raising awareness as part of its Community Service Strategic Partners (CSSP) Program. Supported NPO’s are Japan-based and conduct Japan-focused activities. Many of the organizations FEW supports work with women, children and vulnerable populations.

Take a moment to learn about the incredible, important and brave work each of our current organizations is tirelessly carrying out. We invite you to join FEW in supporting and advancing the missions of these organizations.

For more information about our CSSPs or how to become a partner organization, please contact Tia Haygood at

2017-2018 Community Service Strategic Partners

October Community Services Feature: Tokyo Run for the Cure

Run for the Cure Foundation Featured

By Tia Haygood, Community Services Director

The Run for the Cure Foundation is a Tokyo based non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer in Japan as a life-threatening disease through education, timely screening, and treatment. For over a decade, organizers at Run for the Cure have provided community outreach programs and education initiatives to increase the awareness of breast cancer.

Since 2004, the Run for the Cure Foundation has served thousands of women by donating six mammography machines to local areas where women are underserved. Their dedication to providing cancer screenings and improving the quality of life among breast cancer patients and survivors is truly inspiring.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kiei Kim, the Awareness Program Manager and Marco Magnani, the Events Manager. Kim and Magnani are two members of the trio who operate the foundation. Though only managed by a small group of three, the Run for the Cure Foundation has a 12-member board of trustees and partnerships with six major international corporations. In addition, a diverse and dedicated teams of volunteers helps the organization with administrative work and fundraising events throughout the year. The funds they raise at events such as the Pink Ball, allows the foundation to develop and conduct breast cancer education programs.

Kiei Kim works with companies across Japan to conduct the Lemon Project. The project’s goal is to teach men and women how to recognize the signs and symptoms of breast cancer through self-examination…using lemons!  A shout out to FEW members who work for or have connections with companies in the area: consider having Kim and the foundation bring the Lemon Project to your company. The seminar is free of charge and can potentially be life saving.

Let’s not stop there in giving the Run for the Cure Foundation our support! As FEW members, we can offer our support as active participants in the foundation’s annual events. Events such as the Cuisine for the Cure, Casino Night and The Pink Ball. Also, don’t forget the actual Run for the Cure/ Walk for Life Marathon around the Imperial Palace this December 2nd. The Run for the Cure is not a race! Every participant can run or walk at their own pace. If cardio is not your thing, no problem. You can participate as a volunteer by passing out water, assembling gift bags to corporate groups who are running, or helping with preparations prior to the race.  There are also various booths and performances to enjoy. The event is family friendly to both participants and volunteers. For more information on how to become a volunteer or to participate, click the link below:

The team at the Run for the Cure Foundation is proud of the work they do and have done. Their commitment to breast cancer awareness knows no bounds. They are very much looking forward to a chance to visit FEW during one of our monthly meetings or annual events.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Run for the Cure Foundation in any capacity, please email the Community Service Director Tia Haygood at

Other organisations to support in October:

Shine On Kids Jazz SoireeShine On Kids (

October 20th 18:00: Shine On Kids’ Annual Gala: Jazz Soiree @ Tokyo American Club

For those interested in more information to participate as a volunteer or to buy tickets for the gala, please send an email to or visit

Second Harvest 10th Annual Food Bank SymposiumSecond Harvest Japan (

October 16th 13:30 -17:00 10th Annual Food Bank Symposium (Japanese) @ Shangri-La Hotel

For more information about the Symposium, please send an email to or visit the link below: